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4 Feb 2021

Cowbell Craft Beer Chili

The Perfect Chili Recipe for Winter


It's that time of year when comfort food cravings kick in hard — of course we had to step it up a notch by adding some delicious Cowbell craft beer to the mix!


Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
1 chopped red bell pepper
2 cups dry brown lentils
3...

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Cowbell Craft Beer Chili
15 May 2020

Hazy Days

By Jeremy Moore

The Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) describes a New England IPA as “an American IPA with intense fruit flavours and aromas, a soft body, and smooth mouthfeel, and often opaque with substantial haze. Less perceived bitterness than traditional IPAs but always massively hop forward. This...

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can and glass of Hazy Days Hazy IPA beer
27 Apr 2020

POMEGRANATE HONEYSUCKLE

By Jeremy Moore

Summer is upon us! The birds are singing, the bees are doing bee things, the sun is finally shining, and our summer seasonal beer is here - Pomegranate Honeysuckle Fruit Sour. This crushable fruit-bomb is high in flavour, but low in hoppy bitterness. Coming in at 4% ABV, and only 10 Bitterness...

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can and glass of Pomegranate Honeysuckle Fruit Sour beer
5 Nov 2019

Hop Selection - Part Three, Selection

Wine Making is agricultural, and Brewing is production. This often-referenced comparison of Brewing and Wine Making is accurate in a certain perspective. Wine makers spend immense effort on growing and projecting their grapes, then processing them in a way to reduce intervention and allow the...

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large table at a hop production facility filled with hop cones ready for brewers to conduct a hop rub and hop selection
29 Oct 2019

HOP SELECTION - PART TWO, PROCESSING


They call it Hop Country. In the thousands of acres in Yakima Washington, hop fields stand tall, supporting a growing industry of breweries all across the globe. To the average brewer, standing there in the middle of one of these fields is a great feeling – you appreciate the amount of work...

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close up of a pile of hop cones used in the brewing process
22 Oct 2019

Hop Selection - Part One, Harvest

You can smell it before you see it - the bright aroma of green in the air. Then the fields appear, and the unmistakable scent of fresh hops fills the air. It’s late September and hop harvest is underway in Yakima Washington, where brewers from all over the globe come to choose the best hops...

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close up of a pile of hop cones used in the brewing process
25 Sep 2019

Italian Culinary Adventure

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

Last summer took us away on a six week holiday on our boat with a very loose itinerary, lots of time to rest and lots of opportunities to see new places. The only stipulation was that we would end up in Kincardine, Ontario, where we had grown up. You see, once every 10 years this lakeshore...

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a plate with fresh tomatoes and basil and pasta topped with BBQ sauce made with Cowbell's McNall's Mission honey brown ale
17 Sep 2019

A Head Above the Rest

By Jeremy Moore

There is something magical about pouring a beer into a clean glass. The initial crack of the can, the pop of the bottle cap, or perhaps the opening of a draught faucet. From the moment the beer hits your glass, the CO2 escapes solution, aromas begin to fill your nostrils with juicy hops or...

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a pint glass filled with Cowbell's Lorna Bray Fly Girl stout beer which is dark and roasty tasting
9 Sep 2019

Bottle Conditioning

In modern breweries, packaging beer is as much about science as it is engineering. Temperatures, pressures, speeds and flow rate all mix together with tanks, equipment, brewers and beer to create that perfect bottle or a can of beer, carbonated precisely and without oxygen added. This may be the...

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six specialty 750 milliliter bottles lined up on a filling machine during the bottling run of the Almanac 2019 Imperial Stout beer
15 Aug 2019

Almanac 2019 Imperial Stout

It was a hot, sunny day on August 4th 2018, as Cowbell celebrated our 1st Anniversary and released a Barleywine to represent all the success and excitement of that first year. On the same day and the following day, we brewed Almanac 2019, our second anniversary beer, an Imperial Stout.

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counter filled with bottles of Cowbell's freshly bottled Almanac 2019 Imperial Stout beer
11 Feb 2019

Absent Landlord Pot Roast

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

There are so many great things happening at Cowbell Brewing, it’s hard to believe that we are in our second year of operation. With our Greener Pastures Community Fund nearing a milestone of $250,000, and celebrating Flagship February with our first beer, Absent Landlord, our culinary...

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plate showing carrots and potatoes and pot roast made using Cowbell's Absent Landlord kolsch beer
23 Nov 2018

Tech in the Brewhouse

By Jeremy Moore

What a time to be alive.

In the past few years we have seen advances in technology that science fiction writers of bygone days would be proud of: electric cars that can drive themselves, 3D printing, and lightning fast internet in our phones. The latter is something that we are taking advantage...

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a Cowbell brewer standing on the brew deck holding an iphone to show that the brewing equipment can be controlled remotely with a smart phone
19 Apr 2018

How Windows Can Help Improve Beer Quality

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From Day One (last August :) ) we have been implementing leading technology and best practices and a variety of innovations to help make better beer with less water, less energy, and less waste. We are excited about this challenge, and the opportunities we are given to find new ways to refine...

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a piece of equipment called a sight glass used by brewers and cellar workers to see the beer flowing through the pipes or hoses
22 Mar 2018

Rectify!

By Jeremy Moore

Two of the biggest concerns with brewing are water usage and power consumption. Here at Cowbell Brewing Co., these important factors were taken into consideration when building our brewhouse - not only for cost savings, but for environmental impact.

Enter the Rectifier! This beautiful innovation...

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a piece of brewhouse equipment attached to the boil kettle used to increase efficiency of the boil by 80%
21 Dec 2017

The Anatomy of Doc Perdue’s Boxing Bruin

INDIA PALE ALE
India Pale Ale, also known as IPA, is without a doubt the style that helped advance craft beer into the future and into hearts and minds of those who love it. Since the dawn of craft beer in the mid 1980s, hop-forward IPAs have steered the craze for more flavour in beer. The IPA...

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a stacked tower of Cowbell's Doc Perdue's Boxing Bruin IPA cans ready for canning
6 Dec 2017

Accessibility Matters

For many years travelling North America and beyond with a family member who was visually impaired, it became a family game to identify restaurants, washroom facilities, community events or businesses with accessibility infractions. My husband was an adventurous soul, trusting his young daughters...

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tactile warning domes on the floor located at the top of the circular stairs at Cowbell Brewing
30 Nov 2017

Meat Lasagna

Cowbell’s latest menu features the comfort food of comfort foods - lasagna! Made in a three layered style, our meat lasagna is both scrumptious and beautiful. I hope you try this recipe at home, or we invite you to the Cowbell Farm so we may make this dish for you and your family or friends.

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beef and vegetable lasagna offered on the menu at Cowbell Kitchen restaurant
7 Nov 2017

Chicken Supreme Recipe

Chicken Supreme is crispy, moist and so tasty. Enjoy this perfect autumn dish in the comfort of your own home. Be sure to share your pictures with us on Facebook and Instagram!

At Cowbell, we use fresh, local ingredients when possible.

CHICKEN SUPREME (serves 4)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 8oz. chicken...

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chicken supreme menu item offered at the Cowbell Kitchen restaurant
19 Jun 2017

The Science of Yeast

Good beer and good science go hand in hand. Each step of the brewing process requires the individual and/or collective manipulation of four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water. It is the role of the brewer to meticulously combine water, malt and hops to create wort, then allow the yeast to...

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The Science of Yeast
9 May 2017

COWBELL Brewhouse Factory Acceptance Test

The building part of building a brewery is one of the quicker activities involved in the process from start to finish. The Cowbell brewing team has spent over a year with a crew of engineers, architects, experienced brewers, suppliers and installers designing our custom, four vessel 50HL

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COWBELL Brewhouse Factory Acceptance Test
4 May 2017

Spring Cleaning

By Jeremy Moore

Spring has sprung! That means most of us are busy with spring cleaning around the home. Since you may already have cleaning on the mind, and you may be enjoying a cold beverage, it is an ideal time to discuss the importance of clean draught lines and clean beer glasses.

CLEAN DRAUGHT LINES

Have...

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Spring Cleaning
8 Mar 2017

Cowbell Absent Landlord French Onion Soup Recipe

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

At Cowbell, we know that a good recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious.

This week’s culinary experience with Cowbell’s craft beer is again inspired by the cold, crisp weather, when we want to experience warm and comforting recipes. Everyone has one of those favourite,...

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Cowbell Absent Landlord French Onion Soup Recipe
2 Mar 2017

Hops, Part 2: Different Types of Hops and the Evolution of Beer

As beer has evolved across the world over the past 7000 years, cultures and regions have developed their own specific brewing techniques, drinking rituals, and favourite ingredients that have all helped to define the beers we identify with those cultures or regions. Think about the Czech...

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Hops, Part 2: Different Types of Hops and the Evolution of Beer
27 Feb 2017

The Difference Between Craft Beer and Micro-Brewed Beer

Interest in locally brewed craft beer is on the rise, and as people are learning more about beer and discovering new favourites, the terms “craft beer” and “micro-brewed beer” are often used interchangeably. However, a craft brewery is not always a micro-brewery, and a micro-brewery is...

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The Difference Between Craft Beer and Micro-Brewed Beer
14 Feb 2017

Better Craft Beer Battered Fish Recipe

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

"OH BRITANNIA!" — You'll Wish You Had Cowbell!

This week's culinary adventure takes the Cowbell Food and Beverage team across the pond. What do we all think of when discussing the food of "jolly old" England? Beer battered fish and chips, of course!

You don’t need to travel across the ocean...

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Better Craft Beer Battered Fish Recipe
2 Feb 2017

Hops, Part 1: How Hops are Used in Brewing Beer

In the 5000+ year history of beer, hops are a relative newcomer to the brewer’s toolkit. Hops were first commercially used in England only 600 years ago, in 1412, and were not widely used until the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 (the Reinheitsgebot) decreed that beer must include hops. And it was...

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Hops, Part 1: How Hops are Used in Brewing Beer
17 Jan 2017

Cowbell's Craft Beer and Cheese Soup Recipe

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

On a cold winter day, there’s nothing better than coming home to a crackling fireplace, a cozy knitted wool throw, homemade bread, and of course, a steaming hot bowl of soup.

But what kind of soup should we make? Soups take on all styles and textures, but on a cold day like this, we think a...

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Cowbell's Craft Beer and Cheese Soup Recipe
8 Dec 2016

Doc Perdue's Bobcat Beef Stew

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this stew is so delightful!”

The Cowbell Food and Beverage team gets together once again to put our Cowbell brew to the creative test.

This time, Julia Child, the famous American Chef who is credited with bringing the art of French cooking to...

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Beef Stew Made With Cowbell Brewing's Doc Purdue's Bobcat Red Ale Craft Beer
5 Dec 2016

The Anatomy of Doc Perdue's Bobcat West Coast Red Ale

When the craft beer revolution broke out in the US, the loudest and most progressive beers were being brewed along America's West Coast. American Pale Ales brimming with big citrus zest and piney aromas showed us all a new light in in the world of beer — and we've held on tight. Now along...

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Pint of Cowbell Brewing's Doc Perdue's Bobcat West Coast Red Ale Craft Beer On Bar Top
23 Nov 2016

The Beer Colour Spectrum

The colour of a beer is inevitably the first thing that shapes your perception of that beer. For most people, colour tends to indicate richness and seasonality. Craft brewers say that a beer’s appearance can be deceiving, and that the aroma is a far more telling and powerful indicator of the...

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Close Up Of Beer Wheat
17 Nov 2016

A Pizza & Cowbell Craft Beer Recipe - That’s Amore!

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

It’s a perfect match. What could possibly go better with pizza than an ice cold beer? Nothing sets off a spicy chorizo sausage or a sharp Huron County cheddar cheese like a smooth, gently-bitter, or fruity Cowbell craft beer. You must try this pizza recipe!

The foodies have arrived at Cowbell...

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Above Shot of Pizza Resting On Wooden Pallet On Table
2 Nov 2016

The secret ingredient? Just add beer!

By Dale Dolson and Rob McGregor

As former faculty at Fanshawe College and owners of Robindale's Fine Dining Ltd., Rob and I are veterans of the hospitality industry. We have over 40 years of experience and we're finally enjoying retirement! When we were asked to spearhead the food and beverage service at Cowbell we were, to...

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Meat and Vegetable Dish Served on White Square Plate Sitting On Glass Table
22 Sep 2016

Beer Terms, Defined

Beer has been both praised and criticized for its perceived simplicity. It’s a casual drink for anyone, often second to wine on the dinner table. Beer is much more complex and respected today, as it is represented in every segment of the market by a record number of breweries and brands in...

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Beer Terms, Defined
24 Aug 2016

The Anatomy of Absent Landlord

Country Kolsch

In Germany, a Kölsch is a relatively modern hybrid beer – meaning that it is fermented with an Ale yeast that typically does its job in warm temperatures, but is instead fermented cold as a Lager would be. The style is easy, simple, refreshing and supremely “sessionable.”...

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The Anatomy of Absent Landlord